The Global Research Network on Parliaments and People (GRNPP) was launched at Westminster’s Mary Sumner House on 29th November 2017. It is led by Professor Emma Crewe, and boasts an international cohort of partners, co-investigators and advisory board members from Ethiopia, India, Myanmar and the United Kingdom. It was originally established as part of the ‘Deepening Democracy’ project (2017-2020), which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund, and which seeks to support interdisciplinary research opportunity and capacity in Ethiopia and Myanmar. However, our network has since widened its scope and activities. These include advocacy around the mobilisation of global voices in academic and policy-making environments, encouraging deeper engagement between anthropologists and policy-makers, participating in international coalitions for change, supporting collaborations between academia and the creative and cultural industries, and generating comparative ethnographic research on Parliaments.

Executive Committee

Meheret Ayenew (FSS, Addis Ababa)

Cristina Leston Bandeira (University of Leeds)

Ruth Fox (Hansard Society)

Niraja Jayal (JNU, New Delhi)

Myat Thet Thitsar (EMReF, Yangon)

Advisory Committee

Ms. Janet Boston (Film-maker and former director of Thomson Foundation UK)

Dr. Zunetta Herbert (Senior Adviser, Tharthi Myay Foundation, UK)

Mr. Liam Laurence-Smyth (Clerk of Legislation, House of Commons, UK)

Prof. Shirin Rai (University of Warwick, UK)

Dr Mandy Sadan (University of Oxford, UK)

Daw Lahpai Seng Raw (Founder, Metta Development Foundation, Myanmar)

Dr. Meshesha Shoarega (Consortium of the Christian Relief and Development Association, Ethiopia)

Mr. Martin Smith (Senior Advisor, Transnational Institute; Trustee, Prospect Burma, UK)

Prof. Ardeth Thawnmaung (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)

Prof. Bahru Zewdie (Historian, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)